16 February 2009

Criticizing Malaysia's Royals

Monday, 16 February 2009 22:11
(Asia Sentinel)

Kerajaan boleh mengkritik sultan tetapi tidak bagi pembangkang. Di dalam ucapan di Dewan Rakyat atau parlimen pada 14 Februari 1993, Perdana Menteri pada masa itu telah meminta agar imuniti daripada undang-undang oleh sultan-sultan ini dilucutkan. Di antara tuduhan memanda menteri pada masa itu antaranya adalah konon Rajalah yang memberi sebahagian daripada negara ini kepada British, menekan rakyat jelata , menyalahi undang sivil dan jenayah, menyalahgunakan wang dan harta kerajaan dan menekan pegawai kerajaan (sounds familiar or probably should I say..look who's talking)

Antara undang yang diperkenalkan termasuk membenarkan rakyat jelata mengkritik sultan termasuk Yang di-Pertuan Agong atau raja tapa rasa takut oleh akta sedisi (sedition act) dan boleh pulak mempersoalkan legitimasi diraja itu sendiri. Ini telah di terima dengan rasa terbuka oleh parlimen pada masa itu tanpa bantahan terhadap tindakan Dr Mahathir terhadap kesembilan monarki dinegara ini.

Sambungan..artikel ini sila lah translate sendiri..Dah malam dah..

Asia Sentinel brings this up in light of the growing controversy in Malaysia over opposition protests against the Sultan of Perak's decision to oust the Pakatan Rakyat chief minister of his state and sanction the appointment of a member of the United Malays National Organisation as the new chief minister despite the fact that a 28-28 tie remained, and that the Pakatan Rakyat had asked for a snap election to determine which coalition should rule the state.
When Karpal Singh, national chairman of the Democratic Action Party, offered to sue Sultan Raja Azlan Shah in the courts to get his decision reversed, scores of UMNO members filed complaints and led rallies against Karpal Singh for insulting the sultan. Members of the press, including Jed Yoong of the Asia Sentinel, have also been cited.
It would appear from Dr Mahathir's 1993 speech that it is perfectly legal to sue members of the royalty. It would also appear that UMNO members, particularly prime ministers, can make allegations against the country's royalty that opposition leaders and members of the press can't. We invite readers to decide for themselves.

Read more below.

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/18174/84/

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